KJZZ News

Public transportation in the East Valley is ramped up for the July 4 festivities. The light rail will operate on holiday hours for those celebrating July 4. (Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)  The light rail is operating on a holiday schedule, running every 20 minutes.
July 04, 2013
A wildfire that killed 19 members of an elite hotshot crew Sunday continues to burn in Arizona. But officials are preparing to let people back into their homes after evacuations. Yarnell Fire Chief Jim Koile and the Yarnell fire district board met Wednesday.
July 03, 2013
The terrain and vegetation here in the desert may be different from other areas in the state that have been burned by wildfires, but local firefighters face the same threats. From left to right, Captain Dean Gehl and firemen Anthony Cain and Rob Clark of Scottsdale Fire Station 615.
July 03, 2013
Traffic on US Airways flights was up 7.3 percent in June. File footage of a U.S. Airways plane. (Photo by Al Macias-KJZZ) In addition to the boost in traffic, US Airways also reported a modest 1 percent increase in passenger revenue, reversing two months of losses.
July 03, 2013
Dr. Michael Desmond, Harvard University Sociology Professor and former wildland firefighter in Northern Arizona, considers the vital role firefighters play in protecting the land. He also reflects on the inherent danger in the job and his sadness at the loss of 19 lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire.
July 03, 2013
Scientists who study the Southwest drought said the extremely dry conditions will likely increase the danger of catastrophic wildfires. University of Arizona Climate Science Professor Gregg Garfin talked about whether the conditions are expected to get worse and how government planning should take that into account.
July 03, 2013
The Glendale City Council has approved an agreement for the management of Jobing.com Arena, freeing up the National Hockey League to approve a new Phoenix Coyotes ownership group.One of the Coyotes' new owners, Anthony LeBlanc, discussed why he thinks the Valley will be a successful market for professional hockey.
July 03, 2013
The anticipated merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based U.S. Airways has many in the Valley worried about the effect on the economy, considering the combined airline is going to be headquartered in Dallas, but analyst Holly Hegeman said Phoenix may be used as a hub to the West Coast, a significant benefit to the Valley.
July 03, 2013
The latest edition of The New Yorker magazine has led to a lot of debate about same sex marriage and childhood icons. It features Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street cuddling on the couch watching the Supreme Court on television, a reference to the high court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
July 03, 2013
The Glendale City Council has voted 4-3 to approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, the group that is purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes. The $225 million, 15-year deal, represents a big step in keeping the Coyotes in Arizona.
July 03, 2013
People and companies from across the country are donating to the families of the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. Corporations like Motorola, the Arizona Cardinals and media personality Glen Beck have contributed thousands of dollars to the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that provides financial and emotional support to the families of first-responders who are killed or injured in the line of duty.
July 03, 2013
The Arizona Farm Bureau Federation says a typical market basket of products, cost a little less last quarter. The total was $47.97. That was $1.78 less than in the first quarter, and off more than $3 from a year ago.
July 03, 2013
Phoenix residents set a new record for water usage last weekend because of the high heat. The water department says 420 million gallons of water were used Sunday, up from last year's record of 382 million gallons.
July 03, 2013
When Suzie Hatch comes home from work, she is greeted by powerful, predictable barks. Kindred the Basset Hound survived Valley fever a few years back -- but only after his owner, Suzie Hatch, lost a previous dog to the illness.
July 03, 2013
Weather experts working with fire crews in Yarnell say current forecast shows wind gusts are at about 15 to 20 miles per hour. But they say wind direction and speed could change quickly. It can go as high as 80 miles per hour.
July 02, 2013
If you were thinking the monsoon arrived a bit early in the year, you are right. Weather experts said temperatures in the last two weeks seem to signal the approach of the season. Meteorologists say high temperatures, dry lighting storms and the muggy humidity are not uncommon when monsoon approaches.
July 02, 2013
Advocates Wednesday will launch an effort to sign up more kids for a program that offers health insurance to children whose families cannot afford private insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid.
July 02, 2013
Extreme drought has hit the Navajo Nation. Nation President Ben Shelly signed a declaration of emergency Monday. Shelly is directing all executive branch agencies of the Nation to develop plans for responding to the drought and educating the public about the effects.
July 02, 2013
People gambling at the Navajo Nation’s casino in Arizona just got the green light to drink. Nation President Ben Shelly signed the bill expanding alcohol consumption Monday. The move follows the Navajo Nation Council’s Friday vote to allow drinking on casino floors.
July 02, 2013
A new report says Arizona's Department of Insurance needs more authority to protect consumers from unreasonable and unjustified health insurance rate increases. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund gives the department credit for doing what it can given its limited powers.
July 02, 2013

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